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Q & A with 2020 PG Dillon Bailey

Dillon Bailey is a sharpshooting guard who has intangibles off the chart, who earned all-state honors in 6A in Arkansas. Bailey ended his career as Bentonville West’s all-time leading scorer, an accomplishment that wouldn’t have happened without his hard work. Bailey has a unique guard skill set and toughness to go with it. The 2020 prospect is still available and hearing from a multitude of schools.

RLH: How was the season for you at Bentonville West this year?

It was a lot of fun, our team was really young and I thought we proved a lot of people wrong. 

RLH: You guys had an incredible year and made it to state, but ultimately fell short. How’d you guys handle the pressure all-year of being a top team?

We weren’t afraid of anyone.  No matter who the team was, we came ready to play.  We knew we could beat any team out there. 

RLH: You were most recently named 6A All-State, and the first player in your school’s history to do so, how does it feel to earn that accomplishment?

It is really cool to be a first and I am very grateful, but there is a lot more for me to prove and show people.

RLH: You also finished as West’s leading career scorer, what went into you achieving that?

I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.  All the guys I played with put the team and winning over themselves.  It’s also all the early mornings and the late nights of behind the scenes work. 

RLH: You’re one of the leading scorers on your team, how’d you handle defenses knowing that they knew you were one of your guys’ go-to scorers?

Our game plan didn’t change.  We were gonna continue against our tough opponents and let the game come to us.  For me personally it was about not forcing and reading the defense. Some nights I may get 10 shots off and another night it might be 20.

RLH: Arkansas has some pretty good talent this year, but you’re definitely one of the top players. What’s your case for being #1?

I don’t think that there are many guys out there who work as hard as me.  I’m striving to get better day by day.

RLH: If a college coach asked what are the strong parts of your game? What would you say?

One thing I’ve really developed is being able to shoot a couple feet behind the line.  I’m a strong ball handler and the hardest worker on the floor at all times.

RLH: What are you doing to improve as a basketball player?

Mainly been focusing on my diet and conditioning.  Just trying to stay in shape and stay healthy.

RLH: Are there any updates on your college recruitment? What schools are contacting you the most? Any offers?

My recruitment is still open.  I have offers from Labette, nothark, and a couple other jucos.  Been in contact with some other schools such as MSSU, Quachita Babtist, Henderson St, Navy.

RLH: Do you have any visits lined up and a timeline when to make a decision?

Haven’t been able to schedule any visits due to everything that’s been going on.  But at this point I’m in no rush and I’m gonna wait until I know I’m in the right place.

RLH: What are you looking for in a program at the next level?

Somewhere that puts me in a place to get better everyday and maximizes my potential.

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2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release

August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to info@recruitlook.com.

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